Sunday, October 04, 2015

Solution to Ashbourne sewage problems on the horizon

    Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that a solution to Ashbourne’s sewage problems is on the horizon following a recent meeting with Irish Water.

    The Ratoath TD said “last month I joined over 150 Ashbourne residents at a public meeting organised by Cllr. Joe Bonner. The sewage issues in Ashbourne are almost 30 years old and we have yet to see a long-term sustainable solution. Previously the responsibility of Meath County Council, Irish Water has so far insisted that the much needed reparatory works on the water and sewage drains in Ashbourne is not their responsibility but rather it is that of the homeowner, as these drains are considered to be private.

    “It is simply not good enough to expect homeowners to pay for a problem that is not of their own doing, let alone have to deal with sewage flooding their properties several times a year.

    “I met with Irish Water last week and laid the cards on the table – Irish Water has since agreed to conduct a Pilot Project to examine the drains in Ashbourne with a view to informing public policy on how they are managed in the future.

    “This assessment will tell us exactly where the root of the problem lies and will bring us one step closer to having this issue resolved once and for all.

    “I have also secured a meeting for a delegation from affected Ashbourne residents to meet with the Operations Manager from Irish Water in the coming weeks. I will be liaising with local Councillors to facilitate this meeting which I hope will provide further insight into this issue at hand and its solution.”

    The Meath TD continued “while I am satisfied with the response from Irish Water to date, there is more to addressing Ashbourne’s sewage problems than a pilot project. We must also ensure that legislation is amended and the budget associated with management of the drains is provided by Government.”

    Doherty concluded “Irish Water must accept responsibility for all public sewage mains in Ashbourne, regardless of where they are located and I will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that this happens.”

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